2017 Constituent Survey

for

Delegate Christopher P. Stolle

The following are important public policy issues which may be considered by the General Assembly during the 2017 General Assembly Session.  Your feedback is very important to me, so please take a few moments to let me know where you stand on these important issues.  If you are undecided on an issue, feel free to leave it blank and should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at DelCStolle@house.virginia.gov.  Thank you for the privilege of representing you in Richmond.
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Priorities, Spending & Taxes

1.  What core services provided by state government are most important to you? Please rank your responses.
1 = Highest Priority, and 6 = Lowest Priority.
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Fostering jobs and economic development
Supporting K-12 schools and higher education
Keeping Virginians safe from crime
Providing health care and other services for those in need
Strengthening Virginia’s transportation system
Protecting the environment
2.  Would you say that you pay too much in Virginia state taxes, about the right amount or too little?
3.  Do you believe state government has a role to play in incentivizing job creation through the use of providing tax credits and economic development incentives to business to locate or expand their offices in the Commonwealth?

Flooding

4.  Do you support the creation of a state Coastal Flooding Adaptation Office whose mission would be to coordinate economic development, job creation, homeowner adaptation support and resiliency planning for area’s prone to recurrent flooding?

Healthcare

5.  Do you support or oppose efforts to make common forms of birth control available over the counter?
6.  In order to provide healthcare services in Virginia, a provider must obtain a “Certificate of Public Need” from the state. This is a lengthy regulatory process with significant costs. Some argue that COPN should be reformed in order to make healthcare more of a free market, which they say would lower costs and expand access. Others argue the COPN process is necessary to control costs, ensure the quality of care and protect the financial viability of hospitals. Which of the following best describes your position?

Transportation

7.  HRTPO and HRTAC approved a historic fully funded transportation plan for Hampton Roads in 2016.  These nine projects included a new HRBT.  The nine approved projects will cost over $8 billion dollars and take 25 years to complete.  The timeline for completing these projects can be accelerated by placing tolls on some of the major crossings.  Do you support the use of tolls to expedite the completion of the projects?

Veterans

8.  Virginia is home to more than 780,000 veterans. Listed below are some of the most important state veteran initiatives that the General Assembly will consider this year. Please prioritize the following veteran issues in the order that you think they should be addressed by the General Assembly.
Please rank your responses. 1 = Highest Priority and 5 = Lowest Priority.
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Veterans’ Entrepreneur Grant Program (assist veterans to establish small businesses
Veterans’ healthcare services through Virginia Veteran and Family Support Services (formally called the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program)
Update Virginia National Guard state income tax subtraction from $3,000 to $5,000
Promote development of secure procedures for submission of electronic ballots by overseas military votes
Grant in-state tuition to members of the Virginia National Guard/Reserve Components with duty station in Virginia

Early Childhood Education

9.  Some advocate for expanding early childhood education in Virginia by offering universal Pre-K to all children through Virginia’s public schools, as they say it improves long-term educational and economic outcomes. Others argue universal Pre-K offers little tangible benefit and would increase class sizes, force local school divisions to take on debt in order to build new classrooms, and cost the state nearly $600 million per year. Which of the following best describes your view on early childhood education in Virginia?
10.  Would you support or oppose a state pilot program to test expanding the use of private providers in early childhood education? Providers would be held to rigorous standards of accountability, but would be given some flexibility to test innovative new ideas.
11.  In 2012, the General Assembly created a program that allowed businesses to claim a tax credit in exchange for helping fund scholarships to private schools for underserved students. Do you support or oppose expanding this initiative to provide underserved students with access to private early childhood education schools?

K-12 Education

12.  School choice refers to the idea that parents and children should have a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational options available to ensure that each student’s learning experience helps them meet their full potential. Which of the following school choice options do you support? [Check all that apply.]
13.  Children of active duty military parents often face unique challenges.  Do you believe our school system is meeting the learning and development needs of our military children?  

Higher Education

14.  Of the following options, how do you think the General Assembly should address the rising cost of higher education? [Check all that apply.]
15.  Do you support or oppose efforts to increase state “Tuition Assistance Grants”? Tuition assistance grants are awarded to Virginia residents who attend accredited private colleges in Virginia like Virginia Wesleyan. The maximum grant size is $3,100.
16.  Should undocumented children who have been here for more than five years, have graduated from high school, have been accepted to a state university and who plan to apply for permanent residency be allowed to receive in-state tuition?

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

17.  In the past couple of years the Virginia General Assembly has made reforms to make medicinal marijuana more available to patients with cancer or neurological disorders.  Some are advocating that we should decriminalize possession of marijuana, while others believe that due to issues such as increased emergency room visits of children ingesting marijuana in Colorado.   Which of the following do you support?
18.  Both the Commonwealth and many other states across the country are facing an opioid drug use crisis. Opioids are controlled substance prescription drugs such as oxycodin. Several pieces of legislation are being considered this session in an effort to deal with the opioid epidemic. How do you believe the General Assembly should address the opioid crisis?
Rank your responses from 1 = Highest Priority, 4 = lowest priority
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Create pilot programs in the jail system to provide substance abuse services.
Strengthen laws to ensure social services involvement if an newborn or child is suspected of being exposed to opioids.
Increase public awareness efforts using social media of where to find help.
Encourage the implementation of drug courts throughout the Commonwealth’s judicial system.
19.  Do you support or oppose legislation authorizing retired law-enforcement officers carry a firearm when working as a school security officer?

Government Reform

20.  Virginia faces significant unfunded liabilities with the Virginia Retirement System. Steps have been taken to protect the long-term solvency of the pension system while protecting the interests of state employees, however significant liabilities still exist. One option to reduce those liabilities would be to change the retirement system for new hires from the traditional defined-benefit (DB) retirement to a defined-contribution (DC) retirement, similar to those offered in the private sector. This would allow new state employees greater flexibility in determining their retirement portfolio while reducing the Commonwealth’s unfunded liability. Would you support or oppose additional reforms to the state retirement plan?

Stay Informed

21.  I send out weekly updates during the General Assembly session to keep constituents informed of the issues being voted on during session.  Would you like to receive my legislative updates via email?

Comments

22.  If there are other issues that are important to you or comments that you would like to share with me, please feel free to add your comments here.